Marriage Enrichment Evening – May 3, 2008

Lessons taught by Adams & Smellie’s
(Unfortunately, Kerri-Sue’s piece was not recorded!)

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Do we have Jesus’ vision for our marriages?!

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I like to think of my wife as God’s perfectly-created-for-me PARTNER IN THE GOSPEL! As we strive to give to others what God has given to us, this pulls us together in a unity that only the Spirit of God can create AND maintain! Think of the marriage relationship when you read this Scripture:

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4

Paul challenges the Philippians and us to be like-minded having the same love and same purpose, and although there are many challenges to unity whenever you bring two or more sinful human beings together–marital and familial unity shows the world the power and mystery of God in a way that few other things can rival! (Ephesians 5:21-33)

Ultimately, we need to ask ourselves, “Do I have Jesus’ Vision for My Marriage?” In Luke 9:1-6 Jesus teaches disciples how to change the world . . . one house-hold at a time. When you have a clear vision (like having an explicit purpose that everyone involved understands), it makes all your other decisions, plans and goals crystal clear.

I hope some of these thoughts will lead to us changing our minds and therefore changing many lives in our communities!

Sincerely By God’s Grace and Truth,